Chance the Rapper reaches 1bn-streams milestone on SoundCloud
Eight years after uploading his first track to SoundCloud, Chance the Rapper has passed the milestone of 1bn streams on the service. It’s no surprise that SoundCloud is shouting about it: Chance is ‘the first independent...
August 19, 2019
Badshah far from the only artist buying YouTube views with ads
There is still no official word from YouTube on whether Indian artist Badshah has set a new record for first-day views of a music video, beating BTS’ previous milestone. If YouTube is hoping its silence will make the controversy...
August 1, 2019
Badshah breaks YouTube 24-hour views record… with a little help from Ad Words
YouTube has yet to confirm this officially, but Sony Music India claims that one of its artists has broken the platform’s 24-hour viewing record. The artist is Badshah, with new track ‘Paagal’ and a video that raced...
July 12, 2019
Baidu says its DuerOS voice assistant now has 400m users
Chinese technology firm Baidu has announced a new milestone for its DuerOS voice assistant – the company’s equivalent of Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri. DuerOS now has 400 million users, which suggests that its user-base...
July 8, 2019
Spotify’s ‘Are & Be’ R&B playlist hits 5m followers milestone
The R&B-focused ‘Are & Be’ has become the latest Spotify-owned playlist to reach a notable milestone: five million followers. Spotify is celebrating by taking over a six-floor building in New Orleans for the Essence...
July 8, 2019
Apple Music reveals latest milestone: 60m subscribers
There are now 60 million people paying for an Apple Music subscription, with the service having added 10 million since the end of January. That means Apple has been adding around two million new subscribers a month in 2019....
June 28, 2019
Beats online-store BeatStars has paid out $50m so far
BeatStars is one of the websites where artists and producers can go to buy beats to use in their new tracks, and it’s currently enjoying a spell in the limelight thanks to being the source for the beat in Lil Nas X’s...
June 12, 2019
Mixtapes website MixTape Monkey says it has 11m listeners
Hip-hop mixtapes website MixTape Monkey has an audience of 11 million listeners, according to its creator Mark Serrano. Interviewed by news site Startland, the Kansas City-based founder describes himself as an “enforcer”...
May 22, 2019
Spotify has 1m users in India one week after launch
Spotify launched in India last week, amid a controversy surrounding its licensing – and a legal injunction filed by Warner Music Group. That row continues, but how is the Indian launch going otherwise? Spotify has confirmed...
March 4, 2019
BTS break YouTube’s 24-hour debut record with 45m views
Ahead of their US tour, which has already seen tickets selling out in a jiffy, K-Pop stars BTS have just broken a notable YouTube record.
August 28, 2018
India may have around 100m users of music-streaming services
Last week saw the All About Music conference take place in India, with plenty of talk about how big the Indian music market is, and how large it might grow in the future. Journalist Amit Gurbaxani has published some of his...
August 28, 2018
Dan + Shay ‘Tequila’ is most-streamed country track of 2018
Country artists Dan + Shay have had a big hit with their track ‘Tequila’ this year – including on streaming services. Label Warner Music Nashville says that the duo have just crossed 1bn on-demand career streams, including...
August 20, 2018